Created By: Owlixx on July 9, 2011 Last Edited By: Owlixx on July 13, 2011
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Shoot To Kill Government

The government's first reaction to any alien encounter is too shoot first and think later.

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Aliens land in Next Sunday AD land. the first people to encounter said aliens are either the government or people with roots in the government. the obvious decision is not to try a universal language or make peace, but to shoot it if it moves. Occasionally, the governement will be having a good day and will capture the aliens before panicking and torturing or shooting them.
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  • July 9, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
    This is what had set the plot of Super 8 in motion about two decades earlier. The military captured the alien, but one soldier that bonded with the alien pulled a Heel Face Turn and tried to free the alien at the cost of his membership in the Air Force. In the '70s, the alien is finally freed... and starts its Roaring Rampage Of Revenge against humanity because of the shoddy treatment it received from the military.
  • July 9, 2011
    Deboss
    The wrong "too" is in the Laconic, it should be "to". Isn't this covered by We Come In Peace Shoot To Kill? Or was that only from the aliens side. Also, there might be an issue with the title, namely that Xenophobe is used to mean anything different, rather than aliens.
  • July 9, 2011
    randomsurfer
    This is the backstory of the Krikkiteers in Life The Universe And Everything. They were unaware of the rest of the universe, let alone that there were any other life forms, until a ship crash landed on their planet. They got it going again and flew through the cloud that hid the rest of the universe from them. They took one look at the universe and said, "well, that's got to go."
  • July 10, 2011
    Owlixx
    I changed the title, but it still might need reworking. Also, in the case of Super 8, not every single work of fiction known to man has to follow the trope. I also am not really sure how to link to other tropes so a link or a helping hand would be much appreciated.
  • July 10, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
    ^ But that one followed this trope. I saw the film in IMAX, and the trope didn't kick in until after the halfway point, when we learn the alien's backstory and why the train got derailed.
  • July 10, 2011
    Owlixx
    Oh. well you saw it in IMAX so clearly the plot is more visible. JK. i didnt see it so I wouldnt know.
  • July 10, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
    Played with in the Doctor Who episode The Christmas Invasion, where Harriet Jones orders Torchwood to shoot down the Sycorax... after they're defeated and retreating!
  • July 10, 2011
    PaulA
  • July 11, 2011
    Owlixx
    Pau, read the friggin comments before you try and be a smartass. someone already mentioned that trope. moron.
  • July 11, 2011
    Octagon8
    Compare General Ripper and Nuke Em.
  • July 11, 2011
    Bisected8
    @Owlix: 1) Calm down, honey and vinegar and all that. 2) You didn't explain how the that trope is distinct from this one.
  • July 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    It seems to me that in this trope, the aliens genuinely (more or less) come in peace and the locals are the ones deciding to Shoot To Kill. Whereas in We Come In Peace Shoot To Kill it's the aliens, who claim they come in peace, who are in reality shooting to kill.
  • July 12, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    It appears this is supposed to be covered by We Come In Peace Shoot To Kill but most of the examples there seem to be about evil aliens and this may be better as a separate sister trope
  • July 12, 2011
    Xtifr
    If this is launched as a sister trope to WCIPSTK, it should probably have hyphens in the name, i.e. "Shoot-To-Kill Government"; otherwise it's a bit awkward.
  • July 12, 2011
    hubertth
    Trigger-Happy Government?
  • July 12, 2011
    HairSecuritySchool
    Also, as a non-alien example, the government of Final Fantasty XIII,the Sanctum, due to mass fear, hysteria, and hatred, was ordered to kick out anyone that was branded an l'Cie by the fal'Cie, and have anyone in the lower echelon, i.e. the PSICOM, shoot anyone who dare resist.
  • July 13, 2011
    TheThirdSet
    All of Planet 51
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